M41A3 Walker Bulldog tank in Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois. Photo: Paul Shambroom
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What wedding wouldn't be improved with a battle tank? After all, all is fair in love and war.
Photographer Paul Shambroom was fascinated with weapons of war brought back from distant battlefields as memorials and public art, and decided to feature them in his latest photograph series titled Shrines.
Shambroom wrote in this fascinating article over at Visura Magazine:
What happens to weapons of war when they are no longer useful for their original purposes? Those that are not scrapped often are given second lives in the public sphere, mounted in places of honor in communities across the United States. Town squares, city parks, armories, VFW and American Legion posts display retired weapons from past American conflicts. Built for combat or other military functions, these objects now serve in a range of entirely different roles in their new settings: memorial, tourist attraction, retail signage, playground equipment, historic artifact. [...]